Even superheroes need a good beer every once in a while.
Heroes, villains and other costumed attendees took a break from Comic-Con – or ignored the convention altogether – to sip some of San Diego’s finest beers at Saturday’s Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival at Embarcadero Park North.
More than 40 breweries were on hand to give out tastes of their finest concoctions, along with food stands and live music.
“This one’s so cool,” said Green Flash Brewery sales and marketing manager Jordan Arndt. “The fact that we have this spot, and so close to Comic-Con, it’s just a great scene.”
Green Flash was serving a couple of different brews, including a wheat IPA – part of their “hop odyssey” series. Other breweries included Mission Brewery, The Lost Abbey, Ballast Point, Coronado Brewing Co., Pizza Port Brewing Co. and Pacific Beach Alehouse.
The event also featured art and craft vendors like Rudy Pollorena, who started his “beer art” company, Craft Beerd, last year. He travels to beer festivals around the county and state to sell his t-shirts and other beer-themed art.
“This one’s pretty high on my list,” said Pollorena, a former video game designer who used to go to Comic-Con, but now just focuses on the beer. “It’s a good crowd, great costumes and you can’t beat the location.”
The crowd costumes varied from a lot of Superman capes, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and multiple Indiana Jones’s to a woman dressed up as the Kevin Smith character Silent Bob and another person dressed up as Barf the Dog from Spaceballs.
Others were just there for the good beers.
“Comic-Con is just too crazy,” said James Carlock, who didn’t have a costume but was sporting Arrogant Bastard Ale socks. “I like the costumes and to see people, so this is a great way to do that. The beer, too.”